Zero Discrimination Day 2018
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Zero Discrimination Day 2018

Today we want to draw attention to Zero Discrimination Day.  Today, people around the world join together to celebrate Zero Discrimination Day 2018. The UN first celebrated Zero Discrimination Day on March 1, 2014. This happened after UNAIDS launched its Zero Discrimination Campaign on World AIDS Day in December 2013.

Discrimination continues to cause pain and suffering for many. Discrimination has many forms from racial or religious discrimination to discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, or age. As a result this sometimes leads to bullying at school or at work.

Facts about Discrimination (Source UNaids.org)

The United Nations organization UNAIDS published a great factual resource on discrimination. You can download it here. Here are some facts about discrimination:

  1. Discrimination is the negative treatment of a person or a group of people on the basis of gender, race, ethnic or national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, social class, age, marital status, family responsibilities, etc.
  2. Discrimination discourages people from accessing healthcare services. Including those teaching HIV prevention methods, learning their HIV status, and enrolling in care and adhering to treatment.
  3. One hundred and thirty million girls between the age of six and 17 are out of school. Fifteen million girls of primary-school age — half of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa — will never enter a classroom. Every child has a right to an education. For girls and women in developing countries, the inequality between the genders is amplified. There are more than 130 million girls around the world being denied an education. What are the five worst countries for girls to get an education?
  4. Out of 143 economies, almost 90% have at least one legal regulation restricting women’s economic opportunities. In fact, 79 countries have laws that restrict the type of jobs women can do. Gender equality is a basic human right. Therefore many organizations are working day and night to solve the inequality between men and women. Here’s a list of 20 NGOs that address gender equality.
  5. More than a billion people live with some form of disability. People living with disabilities are four times more likely to report being treated badly by healthcare staff. Also, people living with disabilities are nearly three times more likely to be denied healthcare.
  6. Three of the world’s most fatal communicable diseases — malaria, HIV, and tuberculosis — disproportionately affect the world’s poorest populations and in many cases are compounded and exacerbated by other inequalities and inequities including gender, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity and migration status. Here are three NGO’s that making great progress on diseases.
  7. Stigma and discrimination towards key populations are reinforced by criminal laws and other structural barriers which fuel violence, exploitation, and a climate of fear.
  8. Nearly 30% of women globally experience physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner at least once in their lifetime. Many organizations are working day and night to solve the inequality between men and women.
  9. Seventy-two countries criminalize same-sex sexual relationships. Discriminating against same-sex sexual relationships leaves people vulnerable to violence, arrest, and detention and to violations of their right to privacy.
  10. All people are equal before the law and are entitled to the protection of the law without discrimination.
  11. Keeping girls in school benefits girls, their families, and their communities. And yet almost four out of 10 schoolgirls are made fun of for being female. By the time girls reach secondary school, one in five reports that they are “unhappy to be a girl.”
  12. Discriminating against women also affects food production. Women make up 43% of the agriculture workforce in developing countries, and yet only 5% are able to access agricultural advisory services. Here are 34 organizations that battle hunger every day.

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